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We Have Bunnies!

March 10th, 2013 at 03:35 am

Today was long, but everyone is now snuggled up safe and warm and happy and we are nine bunnies richer (or a lot of money poorer, but they will eventually pay us back).

Here are the hutches for the does:

And the one for the buck, which has a silver roof instead of brown:

This is Leo the Storm Master, our nine month old buck:

This is Piper, a nine month old doe, with her litter of 3 week old kits:

And this is Phoebe, who is 9 1/2 weeks old and will be a breeding doe when she is old enough:

So far we have paid $551.40 for start up costs. I figure it'll take about a year to earn that back. Plus I want to get another grown doe and buck from a different breeder and we'll need to make a few cages, so that will add a bit. On the plus side, though, we already have someone who wants to buy rabbit meat from us, our daughter's best friend's mother.

I need to find out for sure what license I need to get to butcher for sale. I've saved a couple of .PDFs with the info, but haven't had time to read them yet since I've been reading the stuff on care. We are 5 to 7 weeks away from butchering though so I have time to find out and do the proper legal stuff. And we probably won't sell any of this first batch. I want to keep the biggest, strongest girl to grow up for a breeder and that will only leave five to go to freezer camp. I might part with one. We'll see. She knows it may be half a year before we have enough to sell some.

6 Responses to “We Have Bunnies!”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    They're cute. Hopefully, tasty too. Smile

  2. Says:

    I could never butcher these.

  3. MissAngel Says:

    You are a brave woman to do your butchering yourself. I admire that, but I'm not sure if I could do it!

  4. Ima saver Says:

    How cute!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    PS and MA--A few years ago I never would have thought I could either. But somewhere some animal is dying to feed me anyway. I'd rather know they lived the best possible life in good conditions and the most humane death. Not to say I wont be bawling in a corner afterwards the first time or two, but we have made the commitment to it. DH will do the actual ending of life. But I will do most of the rest of it.

  6. Joanne Says:

    The rabbits are so cute, I could also never butcher them , or eat them.

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